No. 2 – You are a Temple of God
You are important to God; in fact, you are a very important person (V.I.P.). You may look ordinary, but you are not. You are the temple of the living God, constructed by the Holy Spirit at the point of faith (2 Cor. 6:16). Do not allow Satan to fool you–lying to you that you are nobody. On the contrary, you are special to God. “You are the apple of His eye” (Zech. 2:8).
Because many Christians have no idea what it means that their bodies are God’s temple, they live with no proper regard for God. This lack of understanding was the primary reason the Corinthian church failed miserably in their spiritual life. Their colossal failure prompted the apostle Paul to ask a daunting question, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16).
The Significance of the Temple
The temple is a meeting place between a Holy God and man. It’s a place of worship (2 Chron. 7:3). What makes a temple meaningful is God’s presence; it’s God’s dwelling place.
There are two types of biblical temples:
The Old Testament temples built with hands
The New Testament temple, the body of every believer, built by the Holy Spirit.
Solomon’s temple was destroyed by the Babylonians and rebuilt thereafter. In Solomon’s temple, there was an inner sanctuary called the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was placed. God dwelled in the Holy of Holies between the two cherubim that sat on either end of the Ark of the Covenant (1 Sam. 4:4).
After Solomon dedicated the temple, “…the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house” (2 Chron. 7:2). God’s presence symbolized peace, protection, provision, guidance, and abundant blessing for His people, Israel. Under the Law of the Old Testament, the temple is the only acceptable place of worship. When Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, it changed the way worship was conducted. “An hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem [where the temple was located], shall you worship the Father…the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:21, 23-24).
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